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Gulf crisis derails hajj plans for Qataris -

Some Qatari nationals have had their hajj plans derailed amid a Saudi-led blockade, which has prevented local companies from making the necessary arrangements for the annual pilgrimage. Qataris were not banned from performing the hajj, but companies ...and more »

Qatar makes legal complaint to WTO over Gulf trade boycott - The Guardian

Qatar has filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, Qatar's WTO representative Ali Alwaleed al-Thani has told Reuters. Analysis Qatar diplomatic ...and more »

Boycotting countries told to honor airspace agreements with Qatar - Doha News

Nations that have closed their airspace to Qatar should honor the international agreement that prevents them from doing so, a United Nations body has said. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) met at the request of Qatar yesterday to ...and more »

Gulf Crisis Exposes the Weakness of Trump's 'Unpredictability' - Chatham House

The US president's lack of interest in telegraphing his positions in advance may work in business, but it has a debilitating effect on policymaking. Donald Trump attends the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on 21 May. Photo: Getty Images. Since ...and more »

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of politicising Hajj -

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of politicising the Hajj, claiming Riyadh has imposed restrictions on Qatari nationals planning to travel to Mecca for the annual Muslim pilgrimage. Qatar's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Saturday that ...and more »

S. Arabia says calls to internationalize holy sites "a declaration of war" - The Jerusalem Post

"We reserve the right to respond to anyone who is working on the internationalization of the holy sites." 1 minute read. Share on facebook. Share on twitter. S. Arabia says calls to internationalize holy sites "a declaration of war". mecca kaaba haj ...and more »

Qatar brings diplomatic standoff to the WTO, accusing neighbouring states of an “illegal siege” - World Finance

On July 31, Qatar moved to address its ongoing diplomatic impasse with neighbouring states by lodging a formal complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Just under two months ago, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain joined forces in ...and more »

Al-Jubeir says calls for internationalization of Hajj pilgrimage 'a declaration of war' - Arab News

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir with his counterparts from the Anti-Terror Quartet — Bahrain's Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Egypt's Sameh Shoukry and the UAE's Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan — in Manama on Sunday ...and more »

Race to the sea: Qatar and the balance of power in the Middle East - Open Democracy

If the Qatari crisis is not managed rationally, then it is likely to compound the present risks in the regional balance of power, with consequences for all states in the region. State Department/Zuma Press/PA Images. All rights reserved. U.S. Secretary ...and more »

Qatar's imports fall 40% as blockade hits home - Financial Times

Qatar's imports slumped 40 per cent in June as the embargo imposed by its neighbours hurt the economy of the gas-rich Gulf state, official data show. The trade data are the first to be released since Saudi Arabia on June 5 led a quartet of nations ...and more »